Chelsea are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon since they have reportedly failed to reach a deal for Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell.
A report from Sky Sports recently said Chelsea have joined the race for Reguilon, who spent the last two seasons on loan at Sevilla.
The report added that the Blues have made their interest known and are expected to offer a higher bid compared to Everton’s reported £18million offer.
Another report from ESPN even claimed that Chelsea are in pole position, with the discussions between Real Madrid and the Blues ongoing.
They are reportedly talking about whether the potential deal would be a loan move or a permanent deal for a fee of around €25m (£22.6m).
That would be a significantly lower than the £80m Leicester City are reportedly demanding for Ben Chilwell.
But how do the two compare?
Defensively, Reguilon arguably had a better season as a full-back compared to Chilwell and Chelsea’s current left-back Marcos Alonso.
Reguilon also averaged more tackles per 90 minutes (2.04) than Chilwell (1.93) and Alonso (1.70), albeit slightly.
What Chilwell excels at are aerial duels, which could help solve Chelsea’s set-piece defence problems.
The England international won 73.8% of his aerial duels, significantly better than Reguilon (55.3%) and Alonso (57.5%).
Offensively, however, the current Chelsea defender edges the other two as we would expect.
Alonso attempted more crosses per 90 minutes (4.21) than Chilwell (3.73) and Reguilon (3.40).
The Spain international also made more shots creating actions (crosses, passes, dribbles, etc) per 90 minutes (2.96) compared to both Chilwell (2.35) and Reguilon (2.30).
Chilwell or Reguilon?
Considering there is no significant difference in their performance statistics, Chilwell’s Premier League experience would make him a safer bet.
However, is it worth the reported £60m-plus difference in potential transfer fee? The simple answer is no.
Unless Chelsea somehow could negotiate Chilwell’s transfer fee down, which is very unlikely, Reguilon would be a better option.
Ideally, Chelsea could bring Reguilon to Stamford Bridge on a loan deal with an option to buy (similar to Mateo Kovacic’s switch last season) which would give them a season to evaluate whether or not to pull the trigger.